Our expert says:
One should always refuse to accept such instructions, whereby someone tries to bind you to promise to do something dangerous to them, ( and, in a way, to you ) At 17, indeed at any age, its not fair to tell others you are thinking of killing yourself but that they must not do the obvious things to help them.
She MUST be persuaded to see a counsellor, preferably a psychologist or psychiatrist, and to frankly tell them what she has told you. SHe must get proper expert assessment and help.
Sometimes someone like that is being manipulative, whether or not they realise it, and want their parents ( or whoever ) to be told, without themselves taking responsibility for doing so or even for giving permission for it.
Tying yout hands is so unfair, if you respect her unrespectable conditions, as it would make you an accomplice in any attempt she made to harm herself, and would obviously and cruelly force you into a situation in which you could feel terribly guilty for not having done all you could to be helpful rather than obedient. As maria says, rather a temporarily angry friend than a dead one
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